Galaxy S5 Lollipop Update

Android Lollipop update finally starts hitting the Galaxy S5 in the U.S.

By on February 2, 2015 at 2:55 PM.

Android Lollipop update finally starts hitting the Galaxy S5 in the U.S.

It’s been a long time coming, Android fans, but a big milestone has finally been reached: for the first time, a U.S.-based wireless carrier has released Android 5.0 Lollipop for Samsung’s 2014 flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Yes, we’re now less than a month away from seeing Samsung unveil its 2015 flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone, but tens of millions of people around the world own the Galaxy S5 and they’ve been clamoring for the latest and greatest Android software.

Now, those of you with a Verizon-branded Galaxy S5 can finally install Android Lollipop on your phones. More →

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Verizon Smartphone Drop Test

A look at how Verizon torture tests its smartphones

By on January 22, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

A look at how Verizon torture tests its smartphones

If you’ve never cracked the screen of your phone before, you probably know someone who has. It’s one of the unfortunate facts of life that we have to put with in the modern world, but just think how much worse it would be if there weren’t people testing our smartphones to make sure they could at least withstand the shortest of drops. More →

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Verizon Tracker Cookies Controversy

Fresh controversy engulfs Verizon’s unkillable stalker cookies

By on January 15, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

Fresh controversy engulfs Verizon’s unkillable stalker cookies

Verizon has been using a kind of tracking cookie on its network that can’t be deleted. The company has insisted that the special cookie is only there for its own use and said that “it is unlikely that sites and ad entities will attempt to build customer profiles” using the cookies. However, a new report from Pro Publica indicates that Verizon’s promise has already come undone. More →

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Verizon Vs. Net Neutrality

Even some Verizon shareholders are sick of its stupid net neutrality strategy

By on January 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Even some Verizon shareholders are sick of its stupid net neutrality strategy

Given how just about any net neutrality proposals have the potential to inhibit Verizon’s bottom line, you’d think that all the company’s shareholders would be 100% behind its efforts to fight them. However, you’d be wrong — Ars Technica reports that the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trillium Asset Management LLC, both Verizon shareholders, are not pleased with how Verizon has been responding to the net neutrality controversy. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Verizon

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

By on January 8, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

Verizon was reportedly warned by both Comcast and AT&T not to push the envelope on net neutrality, but the company decided to sue the FCC over its compromise net neutrality rules anyway. It successfully got those rules tossed out nearly one year ago and many people assumed this meant ISPs would be free to charge companies more money to ensure the speedy delivery of their traffic. However, the huge public outrage at the prospect of letting ISPs create Internet “fast lanes” put renewed pressure on the FCC to take a tougher stance on net neutrality, and now it looks like Verizon is about to suffer a humiliating defeat. More →

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Verizon vs. Netflix Interconnection Deals

Verizon says it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees no matter what the FCC decides

By on December 19, 2014 at 9:20 AM.

Verizon says it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees no matter what the FCC decides

Verizon earlier this week told the FCC in a filing that it’ll still charge Netflix interconnection fees, Ars Technica reports, no matter what the Commission decides in the future when it comes to net neutrality. More →

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AT&T Verizon Tax Breaks

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

By on December 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Surprise! AT&T and Verizon pocket huge tax breaks, employ fewer people

This may shock you, but giving large companies special tax deals doesn’t magically lead to full employment and economic paradise. The Wall Street Journal reports that both AT&T and Verizon started receiving huge tax breaks starting in 2008 as part of a stimulus package and since then have actually reduced their combined employee counts by around 100,000 people. More →

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AT&T Verizon Vs. T-Mobile Sprint

It’s official: AT&T and Verizon are feeling the heat from T-Mobile and Sprint

By on December 9, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

It’s official: AT&T and Verizon are feeling the heat from T-Mobile and Sprint

Competition is a glorious thing for consumers, even though wireless carriers would obviously prefer that you had fewer choices so they wouldn’t have to work so hard to keep your business. Barron’s points out that both AT&T and Verizon have cited increased competition as having an impact on their quarterly churn rates and earnings per share, respectively. More →

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Smartphone Bloatware Verizon T-Mobile

Carriers have a sneaky new way to add more bloatware to your Android phone

By on December 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Carriers have a sneaky new way to add more bloatware to your Android phone

Leave it to wireless carriers to come up with new ways to give you something that you never asked for. Forbes contributor Matt Hickey reports that a company called Digital Turbine has pioneered a new service called Ignite that will let mobile carriers install additional software onto your Android phone “for more advertising revenue” whenever they want and without your permission. This means that in addition to the bloatware you already get from your carrier on your Android phone, you could get even more installed at your carrier’s whims. More →

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Verizon FCC Net Neutrality Lawsuit

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

By on November 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Does Verizon realize it made a huge net neutrality mistake?

Both AT&T and Comcast — two companies that are not exactly fond of net neutrality regulations — reportedly tried to warn Verizon against suing the Federal Communications Commission over its 2010 net neutrality rules. The carrier went through with it anyway and now there are signs it’s feeling regret. More →

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AT&T vs. Verizon Customer Loyalty

Which carrier has the most loyal customers, AT&T or Verizon?

By on November 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Which carrier has the most loyal customers, AT&T or Verizon?

Whether you like it or not, if you want reliable service for your cell phone, you’re going to have to subscribe to one of the major wireless carriers. We all have issues with our carriers from time to time, whether its the cost of data or the lack of customer service, but many of us stick around anyway.

So which carrier has been retaining the most customers in recent months? More →

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Verizon Early Termination Fees

T-Mobile repellent: Verizon just made it more expensive for you to switch carriers

By on November 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

T-Mobile repellent: Verizon just made it more expensive for you to switch carriers

Remember earlier this year when T-Mobile announced that it would start paying off new customers’ early termination fees if they switched over from rival carriers? Well it seems that Verizon has come up with a clever way to blunt that policy’s impact: Make it more expensive for some customers to switch. More →

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